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Tribunal formed in ICSID case against Kenya

All three arbitrators in  an arbitration filed against Kenya at ICSID have been appointed. The case was brought by  WalAm Energy Inc, a US/Canadian geothermal company headquartered in Canada. The dispute relates to a geothermal project and was filed in February 2015. The tribunal was constituted on June 2nd 2016.

WalAm Energy Inc appointed Swithin J. MUNYANTWALI Esq., a Ugandan-British lawyer who the Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of theInternational Law Institute African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE)  and  the Head of Appleton Luff’s East African Office


The Republic of Kenya appointed James SPIGELMAN, AC QC, an Australian national who is the former Chief Justice of the New South Wales  and joined One Essex Court, The Temple, London as an arbitrator in 2011.

Joe SMOUHA QC, a British national from Essex Court Chambers was appointed by the Parties as the president of the tribunal.

JMiles & Co. Nairobi office and Gibson Dunn, London, and New York office are representing WalAm Energy Inc, while the Republic of Kenya is represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Paris office and Coulson Harney in Nairobi.

More information about the case can be found here

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